Rhapsody in August
Rhapsody in August (1991)

Master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa follows up on his phantasmorgic Dreams with this delicate tale about war and memory. The film centers on Kane (Sachiko Murase) a grandmother who lives on her traditional farm in the hills near Nagasaki. Her… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 20, 1991
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

These days, people are more interested in Kurosawa than he is in being Kurosawa.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Gere gives a good, self-effacing performance in a role that's a little unreal. He speaks his own Japanese dialogue easily and is at the center of one of Mr. Kurosawa's most breathtaking moments.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Absorbing pacifist drama, looks at the links between East and West.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

There's more narrative movement here than in Dreams, but the pedagogic humanism still gets bogged down in facile simplification.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Plain and simple, Rhapsody is mediocre pap. It's nothing compared with his previous work.

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TV Guide

Sad to say, it is far from a major statement from one of our greatest living directors.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A beautiful reminder from octogenarian Akira Kurosawa that he's still the master.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

A delicately nuanced film about remembrance -- so delicate, perhaps, that it's not terribly memorable itself.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A touching heartfelt film by the octogenarian legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
pretty decent film. a late film for kurosawa made toward the end of his life, its one of my least favorite of his but still a great watch. this is a film… More
Anthony Valletta
Not one of Kurosawa's best, bust visually stunning.
Kyle Meisch
A fine little film by Kurosawa. Plain but evocative. I like late-stage Kurosawa.
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Dimitris Springer
Well,it isn't the worst Kurosawa,that's a gravity point.It's pathetic nonetheless.Piety and respect to the fruitful generation in spite of the… More